Some of you, like myself, already have a large library of royalty free music that came with a piece of software. Final Cut Studio 2 came with a huge library of thousands of tracks and loops. Unfortunately only about 400 of the 6000+ tracks on my system are complete audio tracks, the rest are loops and samples.

After 3 years of use in projects I’ve kind of exhausted those 400 tracks. Of course I haven’t used all of them but I have come to the point where I need more. For my last video I got in touch with one of my favorite rock/blues musicians (Dave Press) who was more than happy for me to use his song. This won’t always be an option though so I started searching for a simpler solution, It wasn’t long before I found CCMixter.

CCmixter is a place where you can download open source audio for use in projects. Searching on CCMixter is easy and downloading tracks did not require any sign up. is their nice music finder tool. You can add search options such as instrument, genre and style to help you easily find the right track for your video.

In their free for commercial use section you can find thousands of full tracks which you can freely download and use for videos even if they are commercial in nature. All they ask in return is that you let them know where their tracks are used so that the artist can add it to their portfolio.

The FreeMusicArchive is another great place to easily browse creative commons music and download tracks without the need to sign up.

What are your favorite places for free resources? Where do YOU get music, stock video and images or even Motion/AE templates and graphics? Tell us in the comments.

Guest post by Nitsan Simantov. “Look out for my video channel coming up very soon on NextWaveDV. Meanwhile, you can see some great tips, tutorials and reviews on my website”
Nitsan Simantov – Photographer and Film-Maker

Note: NextWaveDV and Nitsan Simantov do not have any connection with or guarantees regarding the websites listed above or the legality of their use. You can find out more about creative commons here.